S: Northwest National Parks 2010
FC: Northwest National Parks 2010
1: This is the view from our room. Apparently we arrived on the day of the balloon festival. | RENO
2: Burney Falls, California | Our first hike was a 2 mile trek. These falls are 130 ft high and have a daily flow of 100 million gallons of water. (comes from Mount Shasta)
3: Mount Shasta, California | The first picture is taken from Burney Falls almost 70 miles away. | We didn't have time to hike here. It rises 10,000 ft above the surroundings to a height of over 14000 ft above see level.
4: This is Wizard Island, see the hat? It is actually a volcanic cone. | The reason the water is soooo blue is because of the extreme clarity of the water. | Crater Lake, Oregon
5: Playing with the tripod to get a few couple shots.
6: Pumice Castle, on the wall of the crater about 1300 ft above the level of the lake. | Devil's Backbone, a dike rising 1000 ft up the wall and 50 ft wide. The ground around it has eroded | Phantom Ship, an island that is roughly the same size as the Pumice Castle | Snow remains around the lake all year. | Boat ride around lake
7: Hiking the 2 mile, 1000ft elevation down to Cleetwood Cove to the waters edge. | Watching the sunset back up on the crater rim.
8: Twin Tunnel, Hood River, Oregon This is a trail on the route of the old Hwy 30 built in 1913 along the Columbia River Gorge. Travelers often got stranded for days in the tunnels during snow storms. There is graffiti on the walls dating back to 1921.
9: Columbia River Gorge, Oregon | The Multnomah falls are said to be the 2nd highest year round falls in the US at 611ft. They are actually 2 falls the upper and the lower. | We hiked to the top of the falls to get this picture looking back down. This was the first of many times Jim got mad at me for going outside the boundaries to get a cool shot. Look I didn't kill myself!!
10: We continued our hike beyond the top of the falls for a total of 5 miles and 2000ft elevation. We rarely saw any one else on the trails.
11: This was so peaceful, and it seemed like every time we came around a corner there was another waterfall.
12: Another view over the top of a waterfall. It is an amazing feeling standing on that edge!!!! | Bridal Veil Falls | Wahkeena Falls | Lotourell Falls | Shephards Dell Falls
13: Beautiful views up and down the Columbia River Gorge | Mount St Helen is just on the other side of the river (100 miles or so)
14: Seattle | Mount Ranier and other views from our balcony. Seattle at it's best on a rare sunny day.
15: We went for a jog to see the sites of the city.
16: Washington Cascades
17: Big Four Ice Cave is the lowest elevation glacier ice cave on record in the world. Usually you have to climb above 6000 ft.
18: Mount Pilchuck | Getting started, the view from a little less than half way up this 6 mile 2200ft elevation climb, We climbed in and out of clouds along the way. | Telephoto view of our destination
19: The final portion of the climb was pretty scary. The weight of the backpack made me feel like I might just fall off the mountain. This used to be a ski area...
20: These are the views from up top looking back down the mountain and across the top of the world. It was amazing once we caught our breath. | More Mt Pilchuck
21: Olympic National Park, WA
22: Hurricane Ridge | The hike wasn't that strenuous but the views were amazing | Eating lunch at the top you could almost hear the soundtrack from Sound of Music "The Hills are Alive..."
23: Forks, WA | A trip to the Olympic penninsula would not be complete, after reading the Twilight Series, without a drive through Forks. | We even ate at the Three Rivers Resort Cafe (Resort is a pretty strong word, not quite a diner)
24: Lake Quinault | The Quinault Valley is surrounded by protected Indian reservations. It is home to the glacier carved lake and the temperate rain forest | It is also home to the largest Red Cedar Tree and the largest Sitka Spruce tree (The 3rd and 4th largest trees in US)
25: Hiking through the Quinault Rain Forest. There were a lot of waterfalls even though it was fall.
26: Rialto Beach | Miles of driftwood and sea stacks line the beach. It was a little spooky to walk at dusk in the fog. | We only saw 1 other person while on the beach and I was convinced he was a mass murderer. | We did learn that it is illegal to remove driftwood from nationally protected Indian Reservations. (but you can burn it)
27: Ruby Beach | Farther south on the peninsula and not as scary as Rialto Beach, it is still very dramatic. | Destruction Island with it's lighthouse can be seen off the coast | They said the beach and the sea stacks turn red during sunset. Unfortunately, we did not see the sun while on the coast
28: Kalaloch, WA | This was probably my favorite place we stayed the entire trip. The cabin was up on a bluff overlooking the ocean. The cabin was very quaint and Jim loved the fireplace (for the love of God, no more logs on the fire) | Our Cabin | No telephones, no TV, and no Internet, just us and nature. I LOVED IT.
29: The first time we used our headlamps. Jim was very excited he spotted some big crabs. | The grounds were very simple but beautiful!
30: We spent a lot of time alone on the beach, isn't that romantic.... | I ran along the beach in the mornings but had to wear my hiking boots because they were waterproof.
31: Crescent Lake
32: Hoh Rainforest | This rain forest receives an annual rain fall of up to 165in (14 ft) | Of course it rained while we were there (for affect). I was excited to wear my new rain coat, I stayed very dry!!!
33: When a tree falls, other trees just grow right over them. This giant tree toppled over and a row of trees used its nutrients to grow on both the stump and the trunk
34: It rained all 3 days we drove the coast from Washington to California. Sometimes the fog was so thick all we could say is "I bet if we could see that it would be pretty!"
36: Cape Disappointment, WA | (Gray's Harbor) Westport, WA | Yaquina Bay, OR | (Umpqua River) Reedsport, OR | Tour of the West Coast Lighthouses | Crescent City, CA | Cape Blanco, OR
37: Cape Meares, OR | Heceta Head, OR | Yaquina Head, OR
38: Point Arena, CA | We stayed in the Keeper's Room!! We didn't know the lighthouse would be under construction, but the grounds were still very beautiful.
40: Redwood Forest
41: A little rain was not going to keep us from seeing everything, good thing we had raincoats. | We were able to see the ocean from the top through te fog and rain | It is amazing what can be done with a log and chain saw
42: Yosemite, California
43: Bridalveil Falls | And the view of Nevada Falls from Glacier Point
44: Watching the dramatic color changes over the valley as the sun begins to set up on Glacier Point | Half Dome from a distance, we will get up at dawn tomorrow to climb this massive piece of granite!
45: We started our hike as the sun was rising and the parking lot was almost full, apparently sunrise is too late! | This is the hike we have been training for with all the smaller hikes. It is 8.5 miles each way and an elevation climb of 5000 ft | About 1/3 of the way up is the Nevada Falls, just below the dome.
46: Finally arrived at the subdome. This is where the fun begins. No chains on the subdome, just granite and hundreds of steps.
47: The dome is over 400 ft and the air is very thin. Once you make it this far there is no turning back.
48: Jim made safety chains which were attached to our belts so we skipped the long line and snuck down on the outside of the chains which is sort of illegal. | The views were worth all the work (at least I thought so, Jim was a little less sure)
49: Above; We are on our way back down the other side of the Nevada Falls. The trail was steeper and we decided we made a good choice to climb up on the other side and come down this way as gravity works. Below; The Vernal Falls about 2/3 of the way down. We were pretty tired by this point and still tried to enjoy the scenery.
50: Bodie, California | A well preserved ghost town of an old mining town from the 1800's
51: Last Hike of the trip in South lake Tahoe. I had to do a close up of the waterfall that we hiked 2.5 mile to see because it was pretty small!
52: Lake Tahoe
53: Spending our last day relaxing in one of our favorite places in the world.
54: Wildlife | I never did get to see the mountain lion | Marmot - Hurricane Ridge | Sea Otters - Kalaloch beach
55: Roosevelt Elk - Dean Creek, Oregon | Yosemite | Dog - California Coastal Hwy
56: A little bird watching
57: Wildlife of the Sea | We watched the Orca play for about 45 minutes and this is the best picture I have.
58: White Tail Deer - Yosemite and Hoh Rainforest | Gold Bluff Beach, California
59: Yosemite | Destruction Island, WA | Seattle | Yosemite | Lake Tahoe | Crater Lake | Columbia River Gorge | Olympic National Park | Oregon Coast